WWWW (William Weissbeck)


Comment history

Salina newspaper in open records fight with state

What an odd way to do business. Just how much power does the populace want to give the governor, while at the same time complaining of Obama?

December 16, 2014 at 8:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jenkins says conservatives won in $1.1 trillion spending bill

Given that the EPA is now at it's lowest funding level in 25 years, and the IRS was also significantly cut, where exactly is Obama's overreach? And do we really trust all these private sector job creators to police themselves and pay the taxes they owe?

December 13, 2014 at 1:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

School district fund balances to be targeted, education group says

So it's perverse incentive. If you don't spend the money, you will lose the money, because you did not need the money. But if at the local level, you save the money, because you might need it later, you lose it because the state says you really didn't need it. But then later, when you do need it, you might not get it, because the State already spent it.

December 11, 2014 at 12:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas attorney general sues EPA over ethanol rules

Ethanol vs. the EPA. If you want to talk bad science/bad policy, the whole ethanol thing is a good place to start. Now we have subsidized ag interests fighting the federal government.

December 11, 2014 at 9:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback announces $280 million in allotment cuts to fill budget shortfall

They do the same thing in the miracle that is Indiana. The Governor appoints the agency heads, the agency heads nickel and dime their agencies to curry favor with the governor, the legislature never actually "cuts" funding, the governor takes back any "surplus," and imposes second half budget cuts. And how is Obama's immigration reform or "modifications" to the ACA somehow different.? For the states it's budget by executive fiat.

December 9, 2014 at 10:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

State officals worry about EPA proposals to cut power plant emissions

Regulations usually cost businesses some extra money. If it is cheaper for them to buy a legislator, AG or commission, that's what they will do. They will do all they can to influence the policy making, and now, even the science. We have to keep in mind that they have a bias, and they aren't really thinking of our benefit.

December 7, 2014 at 11:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Under scrutiny for Koch connection, KU director sues over records; judge blocks release

Yes, but for all it's corruption, Tammany probably only had an impact on two presidential elections, those of Grover Cleveland. Tammany controlled much of NY politics, but seldom NY as a whole. TR and FDR were more than able to stand up to them. While there certainly was corruption - it does seem in hindsight that there was some even handedness and progressive policies did make it through.

December 5, 2014 at 12:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas jobs recover to pre-recession levels, but new jobs not the same as old ones

I must be missing something. Even assuming that there are more lawyers, which I seriously doubt, I'll bet that their pay is lower than the manufacturing jobs that were lost. The legal profession is saturated. If you are on your own or in a small firm and newly out of law school, your pay is closer to $15/hr when you compute it out. There is a world of difference between an engineer, a lawyer, a secretary, bank teller and teacher. They are in a sense all professionals/white collar, but that doesn't mean they are paid well.

December 5, 2014 at 11:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Under scrutiny for Koch connection, KU director sues over records; judge blocks release

We have to be very vigilant. Conservatives are using the canards of freedom of speech and the private sector to obscure there influence on public institutions and public policy. How is this any different that ALEC paying legislators to attend their closed door conferences and to then fund the legislators' campaigns?

December 5, 2014 at 9:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jenkins blasts Obama as House passes compromise tax bill

Yes, it would be nice to have some stability in the tax code, but I seem to recall the Senate GOP filibuster essentially forcing "our way" or the highway on any legislation. It appears it's only tax reform if it's on the GOP's terms which noticeably exclude those at the lower incomes. So if it's so good, then Jenkins should muster the 2/3rds in both chambers and pass it. Otherwise, compromise or win in 2016, but don't whine or (you know what).

December 5, 2014 at 9 a.m. ( | suggest removal )